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Teranga report

Aromatherapy | Jun 6, 2009 06:53 PM

Went for lunch on a recent Saturday with six hounds. Nice space, lovely people, good food, I’d go back. What we ordered, with descriptions aided by menu cribbing (and my personal comments—others will differ):

Complimentary sliced (very ordinary) French bread with (extraordinary) dipping sauce made of various cooked slivered vegetables (onions, peppers, zucchini?) in oil flavored with…well it was distinctly spicy and there was anise or fennel seed in there. We were told the cook makes this slightly differently each day, depending.

Accara—blackeye pea fritters with a dipping sauce—nice and light, very good.

Fataya—fish-stuffed turnovers with sauce—dried-fish (??) funky, ate more than my share but wouldn’t bother again.

Spring rolls—quite competent but interesting mainly because it’s a Senegalese take with beef not pork (turns out Viet cuisine very popular there due to French links).

“Salad ordinaire”—sweet and white potatoes, beets, boiled eggs, greens, lime & coconut dressing—lighter than it sounds. I (who likes salads) enjoyed it but would have preferred a bit more lime; coconut was nicely understated.

Thiebou Djeun—herb-stuffed fish cooked in tomato stew w/broken jasmine rice, cassava & other starchy vegetables—very good preparation but this was some sort of dark oily fish and a little stronger than ideal. The carcass was picked clean though.

Mafe—lamb stew with mostly starchy vegetables in a peanut sauce—I really liked this, all about the sauce, detected a smokiness in the flavor, peanut not overwhelming.

Yassa guinaar—marinated grilled chicken in lemon and caramelized onion sauce—lord this was good. You could put that sauce on boiled boots and I’d eat it. They have a fish dish with a similar treatment.

Dibi (not on lunch menu but they were happy to make it)—grilled marinated lamb chops with onion and mustard sauce served with sweet potato fries—delicious. The lamb was sliced very thinly (bone and all) and I believe all bones were thoroughly gnawed.

We tried one dessert, millet beignets with crème anglaise and a citrus sauce—expertly fried and much less sweet than I’d feared. Excellent.

And we all had one of the soft drinks based on hibiscus/sorrel or ginger (there’s a third they were out of). Lovely grown-up flavors, recommended.

Prices for entrees are $12-13 for lunch, $15-17 for dinner, and the menus are much the same.

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